How to Cook Steak

How to Cook Steak

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Cooking steak is actually pretty simple.

A lot of people tell us that buying steak is hard sometimes because they are worried they might overcook it and ruin their meal, thus, also wasting their money. We totally understand this concern, but if you buy high-quality grass fed & finished beef like Pre, the flavor will shine with just a couple cooking elements and a meat thermometer.

Here’s what you’ll need to cook steak on a skillet or cast iron:

  • High heat oil (grapeseed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil)
  • Natural Sea Salt
  • Cast iron skillet or stainless steel pan
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Pre Steak(s)
  • Tongs

The most important part about cooking steak is the temperature. When you get your preferred doneness (rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well, or well done) you can create a juicy, flavorful steak with just a little high heat oil (grapeseed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil) and some salt. We love good natural sea salt. 

When you are cooking grass fed & finished steak, like Pre’s ribeyes, top sirloins, New York strips and filet mignons you’ll find that the steaks will cook much faster than conventional grain-fed beef. (To learn more about the science behind why this happens, click here to learn how to not overcook the perfect grass fed and finished steak) That’s why we have meticulously tested the cooking times for our cuts to make sure that you have the best cooking experience with our beef every time you cook at home.

Since Pre steaks are consistent in size (about 1 inch to 1.5 inches thick) you can cook them consistently perfect, every time. Each Pre steak will cook slightly differently because each cut has different amounts of fat in them. Overall, we have narrowed down the best times to cook each steak, so you know when to remove it from the heat and when to flip it. Use this cooking chart for all the temperatures and times you need to cook the perfect Pre steak. We recommend using a digital meat thermometer if you can. This will give you the most accurate readings. You’ll want to test it in three spots: the top, both ends, or both sides.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook steak: 

  1.  Allow steaks to reach room temperature before cooking (about ten minutes)
  2. Remove steaks from packaging and pat both sides dry with a paper towel
  3. Rub the steaks with high heat cooking oil
  4. Season both sides with salt
  5. Heat your cast iron or stainless steel pan to medium-high
  6. Test if the pan is hot enough by putting a little water in the pan, once it sizzles you are ready to go.
  7. Lay the steaks in the pan, releasing away from you, to avoid oil splashing back.
  8. Let steaks cook according to this time chart. That chart will also tell you when to flip the steaks. This is usually when the brown crust begins to develop.
  9. Once flipped, cook according to the chart time, and test all sides with your meat thermometer.
  10. Once it is close to the temperature you want, remove it and place it on a cutting board. It will continue to cook when removed so that is why you want to remove it just before it hits the temperature you want.
  11. Then, let your steak rest for at least 7 minutes to let the juices redistribute (if you cut too soon, the juices will all flow out).
  12. Once rested, slice the steak against the grain and serve.
  13. Dig in!


For more in-depth cooking methods for steak, check out our other handy guides below:


Try some of our favorite recipes to cook steak:

Herbed Ghee Basted Ribeye with Seasoned Frites

Steak and fries on a plate

Tumeric Rubbed Ribeye with Kale Mashed Potatoes

Steak and Kale on a plate

 Beef Teriyaki

Slices of sirloin with rice on a plate


Filet Mignon with Crumbled Blue Cheese and Balsamic

Two filet steaks on a plate with drizzle


Where do I buy Pre?

You can find Pre beef using our store locator, using AmazonFresh, AmazonGo, Instacart and Peapod.

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